Social learning in environmental management: towards a sustainable future

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--A new approach to environmental management, integrating university teaching, research, policy development, community development, and professional practice -- Intended as leading-edge text for students and practitioners in environmental management and education Social Learning in Environmental Management explores and expands the approaches to collective learning most needed to help individuals, communities, experts, and governments work together to achieve greater social and ecological sustainability. It provides practical frameworks and case studies to assist environmental managers in building partnerships that can support learning and action on issues arising from human impacts on the life-support systems of our planet. Through social learning frameworks and case studies, this book addresses in detail the three areas of collaboration--of community, government and professional. The resulting guidelines and their practical applications provide key source material for undergraduate and postgraduate professional education in the fields of social and environmental sciences, political science, planning, geography, and urban studies and professionals in environmental management.

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About the author (2005)

Meg Keen is Senior Lecturer, Environmental Management and Development, Australian National University (ANU).

Valerie A. Brown is Director of the Local Sustainability Project, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University; and Emeritus Professor of Environmental Health, University of Western Sydney. She has held national advisory positions in public health, environmental management and higher education, and presented innovative programs in these fields in the Asia-Pacific, Canada and Europe. Valerie is the author of over 200 research papers and 12 books on linking social and environmental issues and social change, the most recent being Towards whole-of-community engagement: a toolkit of strategies 2004 (with Heather Aslin); Sustainability and health: supporting global integrity in public health Earthscan 2005 (with J. Grootjans, J. Ritchie, M. Townsend and G.Verrinder); Social learning and environmental management Earthscan 2005 (with M.Keen and R. Dyball) and Leonardo's vision. A guide to collective thinking and action SENSE 2008

Rob Dyball is Lecturer Human Ecology Program, School of Resources, Environment and Society, ANU.

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